Ex­pe­ri­ence Di­rectly

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The per­son who is truly en­light­ened has di­rectly ex­pe­ri­enced the ul­ti­mate or ab­so­lute na­ture of life it­self. In that rev­e­la­tion, he has seen far be­yond the bound­aries of the per­sonal self and dis­cov­ered the uni­ver­sal na­ture of all his hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence. That ex­plo­sive re­al­i­sa­tion lib­er­ates the self from the per­pet­ual tyranny of be­ing trapped in a re­la­tion­ship to life that is merely per­sonal.

En­light­en­ment is a con­di­tion in which the in­di­vid­ual has come to the end of a fun­da­men­tally self-cen­tred re­la­tion­ship to life. Those who di­rectly ex­pe­ri­ence en­light­en­ment find them­selves in­fused with a con­scious­ness that tran­scends time, a con­scious­ness that was never born and, there­fore, is free from death. They ex­pe­ri­ence that which is im­mor­tal. They are no longer fun­da­men­tally limited by the con­di­tioned hu­man per­son­al­ity that they have ex­clu­sively iden­ti­fied with since the body was born.

Does it hap­pen grad­u­ally or in­stantly? It re­ally de­pends upon the in­di­vid­ual; and the only im­por­tant thing is that it hap­pens. Be­cause as long as we are self-cen­tred, lost in what’s merely per­sonal, we’re not go­ing to be avail­able to man­i­fest the pro­found and ex­tra­or­di­nary evo­lu­tion­ary po­ten­tial that in most of us lies dor­mant.

This suf­fer­ing world is in dire need of truly con­scious be­ings: hu­man be­ings who know who they are and why they are here. The en­light­ened con­di­tion in no way de­nies any as­pect of our hu­man­ity. The con­di­tion en­light­ens it. It means that our per­spec­tive dra­mat­i­cally deep­ens and widens.

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